Sugarcane Aphid Update: 7/3/2015

We are now beginning to get numerous calls from around the state about sugarcane aphid infestations. Populations range from very low to well above threshold with treatments becoming more common this week. At this time aphids are being found in the Hills and Delta region widely at some level in most fields. However, there are the occasional fields with . . . → Read More: Sugarcane Aphid Update: 7/3/2015

Soybean Scouting Report: 6/29-7/3/2015

Stink bugs consisted of Brown, Green, and Southern Green stink bugs, with Green and Southern Green Stink bugs making up 85% of the total stink bugs caught. Some small corn earworm larvae were found in very low numbers in the Delta region. . . . → Read More: Soybean Scouting Report: 6/29-7/3/2015

Pheromone Trap Counts, July 2, 2015

The biggest change for this week is the rise in southwestern corn borer trap counts. High numbers were spotty in the Delta with one Leflore county trap recording 668 moths in a week. Coahoma, Quitman and Sunflower counties were the only other counties to have any traps with more than 50 moths. Southwestern corn borer were . . . → Read More: Pheromone Trap Counts, July 2, 2015

Surge Valve Update/P&R Jr. III Controller Limitations

P&R Surge Systems manufacture two surge valve controllers, the Star and the Jr.III.  The Star controller is totally digital and much more flexible in programming.  The Jr.III, being the more economic controller, lacks many of the features as of the top of the line, Star controller.  If you are using a Jr.III you need to understand . . . → Read More: Surge Valve Update/P&R Jr. III Controller Limitations

Southern Blight of Peanuts – It’s Arrived

Southern blight, has been found on peanuts in several areas of the state this week.

Southern blight is a plant disease that attacks the crown and below ground parts of peanuts. It causes the plant to wilt and die or reduces nut quality. The best management tool is a rotation with 3 years . . . → Read More: Southern Blight of Peanuts – It’s Arrived

Rice Irrigation with Safe AWD.

This year we are conducting nine rice irrigation Extension demonstration trials across the Delta.  To demonstrate the value of maintaining a less than full flood, we are utilizing a Pani Pipe and soil moisture probes to time irrigation events.  Research from the International Rice Research Institute reports, that allowing the water level to drop to “Safe . . . → Read More: Rice Irrigation with Safe AWD.

Adult Plant Bugs Migrating Into Cotton: Square Retention Critical

In some areas of the Delta there have been reports of plant bug numbers really picking up this week. The following article talks about the ease and importance of monitoring fruit set in cotton.

Square retention is a critical component of early season plant bug management.  I would strongly encourage you to take square retention counts along with . . . → Read More: Adult Plant Bugs Migrating Into Cotton: Square Retention Critical

Soybean Scouting Report: 6/22-6/26

Weekly Soybean Scouting Report for Mississippi Hills and Delta Region 6/22-6/26 . . . → Read More: Soybean Scouting Report: 6/22-6/26

Pheromone Trap Counts, June 26, 2015

Bollworm pheromone trap counts were similar to last week and remain fairly low compared to historical averages. Tobacco budworm counts were slightly higher this week, but are still low fairly low. Southwestern corn borer trap catches have started to increase in some regions. Both Issaquena and Leflore counties had a trap that was over threshold, but . . . → Read More: Pheromone Trap Counts, June 26, 2015

Row Crop Technology Showcase Pre-Registration

Pre-registration is now open for the upcoming Row Crop Technology Showcase events hosted by Mississippi State University. These events will be held at the following locations:

Dundee – Douglas and Chris Hood’s farm – July 7
Brooksville – MSU Black Belt Branch Experiment Station – July 15
Starkville – R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center (North Farm) – July 16

Additional . . . → Read More: Row Crop Technology Showcase Pre-Registration